Geely says it will keep Volvo production in Europe

China based Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has made it known that they intend to keep Volvo production a European affair should it purchase the Swedish automaker.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the month however, that Geely would be building a new Volvo plant in China with the ability to put out 300,000 vehicles per year. They also said that within four or five years Volvo’s annual sales rate could reach 1 million vehicles, compared with a recent rate of 400,000.

Though neither party involved has disclosed a sale price, media reports are suggesting a price closer to $2 billion; $4.45 billion less than what FoMoCo had actually paid for the Swedish automaker.

A point of concern while hashing out this deal, has been the transfer of Volvo’s intellectual property rights. A Ford spokesman had commented earlier this week however, that they were confident that to was an issue that could be overcome, as it had been in Ford’s sale of Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors Ltd.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Reuters